The government has approved the construction of 15 new University Technical Colleges (UTC), it has been announced.
The new colleges, which are supported by around 300 firms across the country, will bring the total number of UTCs in the country to 34, reports Construction News.
Over the past four years, the Baker Dearing Educational Trust has teamed up with the Department for Education, higher education institutions and local businesses to create a national network of UTCs.
Jenny Ball, HR director at Ford of Britain, which is supporting the East London UTC, told the news provider: "Ford very strongly supports the principle of the University Technical College, enabling school children to concentrate on the engineering and technical disciplines while achieving their qualifications.
"We believe this will inspire and enable the next generation into achieving engineering excellence."
Fourteen of the UTCs will be open from 2014, including those in Bristol, Greenwich Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham, Reading, Sheffield and Wigan.
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